NY tripper Van Persie is Arsenal goal king

Robin van Persie in New York

Arsenal fans have voted Robin van Persie’s strike against Barcelona as our goal of the season, reports the club’s official website. The Dutch striker, currently in New York and who watched Thierry Henry in action for the Red Bulls last night with Cesc Fabregas, caught out Victor Valdes at his near post with an audacious finish in the first leg of our Champions League tie against the Catalan side in February.

Van Persie posted a snap of himself at the ground in the Big Apple and later a MLS site snapped a pic of him with Cesc in a box. For the record Thierry and Luke Rodgers scored as Red Bulls went top of the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference table on goal difference with a 2-2 draw against Colorado Rapids.

RVP’s intervention set up a famous 2-1 victory at Emirates Stadium and it earned him 24 per cent of the votes cast in our official poll. Samir Nasri pushed his team-mate all the way but his second goal against Fulham in December – a slaloming run and a cool finish – was one per cent behind in our runners-up spot.

Nasri’s first goal in that 2-1 win was another solo strike and it claimed third place. Andrey Arshavin finished fourth with his winner against Barcelona at the Emirates which means our top four goals of the season came from just two games.

Van Persie rounded off the top five with his spectacular volley against Birmingham City in the Carling Cup Final.

To the papers and the Daily Mail reports that Patrick Vieira could make a surprise return to the club as a coach. Apparently he is set to be released by Manchester City in the coming weeks and wants to stay in England but is not interested in playing on at a lower level.

To close, I simly can’t believe it is 22 years ago today that “Anfield ’89” took place. I got in with 20 minutes gone after buying a ticket from a late-arriving Arsenal (as so, so many were because of the poxy M6) fan outside the Annie Road end. Best tenner I ever spent. Check back later for a special feature by Mike Harvey on the historic game and title-winning spectacular.

CARL ELDRIDGE – follow me on Twitter @eldomedia

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Arsenal fan for 40 years. Schoolboys, North Bank, Clock End then East Upper. Then Emirates. AFC dream team: Wilson, Dixon, Sansom, Adams, Pates, Brady, Williams, Pires, Bergkamp, Henry, Wright. Subs: Seaman, Eldridge, Wilshere, RVP, Ball. Manager: Arsene Chapman.